We absolutely love getting emails like the one we got this morning from Studio writer and editor Jennifer Pinto. Earlier this month, we announced Jennifer as a winner of one of the monthly Work/Life Awards. Jennifer’s application was all about how she wanted to use the award to take some time off and plan a trip for her 5-year-old son to his very first amusement park: the Land of Make Believe in Hope, New Jersey. Well, on July 21 the family trip happened and Jennifer sent us a few photos of her family enjoying themselves at the amusement park.
Thanks so much for sharing your family photos, Jennifer!
Remember, we give out four $250 awards every month as part of the Enrichment Opportunities Program. The Work/Life Award is a $250 gift from us that you can use for anything that will help you balance your work with the rest of your life. August applications are being accepted during the first 7 days of August, so don’t miss out on your chance to apply!
The Pets series is made up of five brand new eBooks that cover different behavioral and health issues for specific dog breeds including Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds. Each of these books is written by veterinarians who offer their own professional tips and advice on how to be your pet’s best friend.
Wine series is kicking off with 13 different eBooks, with even more on the way. This series is the perfect beginners guide to the major grape varietals used in modern wine making. All of the authors for this series are sommeliers and wine experts, and their advice can help guide the way through complexities of win for any novice wine consumer.
The team here at Demand Media Studios is incredibly excited for this new endeavor. For more information about this new chapter, you can read through the blog post by our Senior VP of Content and Editorial, Jeremy Reed. You can also keep up with the new eBooks as they come out by following 101 Publishing on Goodreads.
Our first Work/Life Award goes to writer Meghan Campbell. Two years ago, Meghan had to return to the U.S. from Argentina to deliver her daughter due to medical reasons. She had thought that her daughter’s father would be able to secure a visa without any problems, but the process has been very slow-going. So now, Meghan will be putting the funds from this award towards returning to Argentina so daughter and father can meet in person for the first time. Safe travels, Meghan!
Our second Work/Life Award goes to writer Brian Hill. Brian has decided that his goal for the next six months is to work on improving his physical fitness. His hope is that this will give him additional physical and mental energy which will boost both his productivity and creativity. Brian will be using this award to purchase a membership to his local health club where he will take advantage of their large swimming pool. Good luck, Brian!
Our third Work/Life Award goes to writer and editor Jennifer Pinto. Jennifer has been working some long hours lately in order to make all of her freelancer deadlines. Jennifer is going to use this award to take a much needed weekend off while taking her 5-year-old son to his first amusement park: Sesame Place in Pennsylvania. Be sure to share some pictures with us, Jennifer!
Our fourth Work/Life Award goes to writer Leslie Truex. By day, Leslie is a freelance writer and non-fiction author. But by night, Leslie’s true passion is mystery writing. So far, Leslie has managed to complete one novel and one novella, with second drafts of two novels and first drafts of three other works. Now her goal is to start publishing. With the help of this award, Leslie is going to be able to purchase ISBN numbers for her first few books. Congratulations, Leslie!
This month’s Laptop Award goes to writer Robert Gandini. The laptop Robert is using is definitely beyond repair. On a daily basis, he is forced to rig old, discarded chargers with a pair of pliers and a bookend in order to keep his laptop running. On top of that, Robert and his wife are expecting their first child, so money is tight and a new laptop just isn’t in the budget. Thanks to this new laptop, Robert will be able to work a little easier while helping to support his growing family.
This month we didn’t get any applications for the All Access Pass or the Co-Working Award. These awards provide great opportunities to attend a conference of your choice or try out a co-working space for three months with the bill picked up by Demand Media Studios.
Remember that August starts the beginning of a new quarter so we will be looking to give out awards in all categories. Applications are accepted during the first seven days of each month.
Thanks and congratulations to all of our winners.
As our recent Author Publicity Sweepstakes contest has now come to a close, it’s time to announce our winners. To recap, in order to enter this sweepstakes, writers and on-screen talent needed to get started with Google Authorship, a Google-operated initiative that creates a connection between the sites where your content lives and your authoritative voice online. Google Authorship makes it so that when someone searches on Google for something you have content about, results containing your content can appear in results with your name and Google+ profile picture.
It’s our pleasure to congratulate community members Bennett Gavrish and Deb Powers!
For participating in this sweepstakes, both Bennett and Deb will be receiving a brand new 16GB iPad 3 courtesy of Demand Media Studios. Please join us in sharing our congratulations with these two lucky winners.
Thank you to all of the participants, and be sure to keep an eye out for future sweepstakes and contests here on the Studio Blog.